Section 354A of the IPC(Indian Penal Code) deals with sexual harassment and punishment for sexual harassment.-Delhi High Court
The court was hearing a petition by a transgender student who wanted to lodge a complaint against male students who allegedly sexually harassed her, which was not entertained by the police.The Delhi High Court has affirmed the application of Section 354A of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 to transgender victims of sexual harassment.
The police commissioner informed a bench comprising Justices Justices Siddharth Mridul and Sangita Dhingra Sehgal that now when a transgender person files a complaint under Section 354A of the Indian Penal Code, the police will register a case where a cognisable offence is made out.
Police stated that – “During the final hearing, the police informed the court that an FIR had been registered based on the complaint made on behalf of the petitioner. The bench permitted the petitioner to remain anonymous.
The case had been successfully filed under the provision of Section 354-A IPC at Police Station Rajouri Garden. The case was disposed of and the petitioner decided not to further the proceedings. Meanwhile, investigation in the case was underway.”